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Bière Du Boucanier Dark | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Bière Du Boucanier DarkBière Du Boucanier Dark

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by maxpower on 08-17-2004

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Photo of bobsy
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich mahogany with a frothy beige head which dissipates to leave moderate lacing. I can't help but play with my glass, swirling and kicking up that head again. Its a nice traditional appearance for a Belgian Strong Dark, but would be boosted to the very top level if more retention and lace was exhibited. Aroma of cherries is reminiscent of a lambic, with a strong sweet malt and spicy background. The flavour is very fruity (a sour cherry burst hits straight away before giving through to sweet malts), with a strong presence of alcohol providing warmth. The yeast provides a bit of added complexity by the addition of spice to the flavours. Its nice on the palate, with pleasant tingling from the carbonation and warmth from the alcohol.

A decent offering. Not my favourite example of the style, but its respectable enough to hang in there. The preferred brew of pirates? I woulda thought they were strictly rum drinkers...

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Photo of AccidentalKate
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark red-ish brown. Sort of a dark iron-rust color. Immediate head that dissapated into nothing.

Smell: Sweet and buttery. Lots of deep sugar here. Very little grain or hops apparent. Too sweet of a aroma for what is delivered.

Taste: Deep rich taste, with a burst of hops at first, then gives way to a near molasses type of sweetness. Long finish, but light. A bit too light really. For a beer that wants to make itself known a minute or two after the drink, there should be more to go on. Good overall, not great. Lots of potential here, which makes them falling short all the more disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Light and playful, but gives up its liveliness way too quickly. This is the weakest part of the beer.

Drinkability: I like this beer, all evidence above to the contrary. But part of me thinks it could have...no, should have...been so much more.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dark red/brown with a huge tan head, that actually started getting bigger and came out of the glass!

Not much on the smell, some dried figs/raisins, sweet, a bit of alcohol as it warms up.

Tastes of dried fruit, caramel, a bit metallic, hides the 9% very well! Does not leave much of an aftertaste.

This is a very drinkable beer, very decieving at 9%!

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Photo of Gehrig
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Muddy mahogany body with one and one-half fingers of tan head atop; nice duration but little lacing in the Duvel tulip glass. Sweet but shy smell, filled with sugar and fruit, including dried fruit. Much less spiced in smell and taste than top-notch BSDAs. The taste is far better, with lots of caramelized orange and tangerine, and dried fruit such as fig and raisin. Far more sweet than spicy and a bit imbalanced as a result, but very delicious. Good mouthfeel, nice and creamy, but not as effervescent as I would like.

However, Biere Du Boucanier Dark is quite good BSDA, flavorful, strong, and sweet. A bit more spice would make this outstanding.

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Photo of beveritt
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: What can I say? Hard to resist a beer called "Buccaneer Beer," especially when it is made by the same people that make some really solid Belgians. Poured from a white painted, stubby little 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Label depicts, what else, but a pirate, missing some teeth and sporting an eye patch. No clear freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with an ungodly amount of head, five fingers at first, and enough that I have to stop pouring quickly. By the time I get all the beer in the glass, the head is over 3 fingers. This settles extremely slowly, leaving behind incredible lacing. The beer itself is a muddy brown. Signs of sediment in the bottle based upon the last bit of beer to pour out, but can't really see into the bottle.

Smell: Strong aroma of sour cherries upfront. Backed by a slightly sweet/sour malt.

Taste: Sour cherry bite upfront, is this really a dark Belgian ale or some kind of Flemish Ale? I am confused now. The label "From Belgium," "Dark Ale," and "East Flanders" on it, but not much else in the way of description. Sourness is present, but fairly mild. Lingers long into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent, maybe a little thin.

Drinkability: Still confused. If this is supposed to be a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, then something is really wrong and this is a terrible example of the style. If this is some type of sour ale, than this is great. Oh well, apart from style, this is yummy. I like it. I guess that's all that matters.

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Photo of spycow
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz poured into a La Fin Du Monde Tulip glass.

A - Pours an amber-brown color. A lot of head and carbonation. It took a while before the head stablized to a normal level. Left a nice appearance on the glass.

S - Sweet smell of candy, with carmel and hint of cherries and other florals.

T - Taste started off typical of the belgian dark ales. Nothing too unique in this one. Not complex but you can taste the carmel malt and some of the hops and a light fruitiness. Lightly bitter but with minimal aftertaste to savor after drinking. The taste didn't change much from sip to sip. Though strong at 9% it didn't overtake the taste of the beer.

M & D - Feels light in you mouth. It starts off feeling carbonated but does dissipate quickly. The flavor didn't stay long and easy enough to drink even at 9%.

Overall a decent beer. It wasn't as good as their Red ale but will still recommend especially at a price point of $3.50.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with red and amber hues. Huge head that reduced to a thin film with great lacing on a wine glass.

Aroma is yeasty and alcoholic, the malt is caramel and sweet, some hops

Taste quite sweet on the whole, not very well balanced IMO. The hops are definately in the background to a sweet butterscotch and caramel malt. Some fruitiness is there, dates, and figs.

Man the carbonation is really high but its not too sharp. The mouthfeel is medium.

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Photo of adamette
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Cool dark brown 11.2 oz. bottle painted white (presumably to keep light out) poured into my clean, clear Brewery Ommegang goblet. Label announces "From Belgium East Flanders Superior Class." Bought the 6 pack of all three Biere du Boucanier beers (2 of all 3) for $17.99 at Lena's in Painesville, Ohio.

A Wonderful, bountiful light brown head with good lacing over a dark brown amber body. No observed sediment, very consistent appearance.

S Malts, alcohol with some hops. Dominated by sweet malts.

T Malty, grainy but actually some unwelcome bitterness. I am not sure if it is from hops or what but I am not liking this bitterness.

M Full for sure. The high ABV along with that bitterness make it full.

D Not good. High ABV and a Belgian Dark with bitterness is not my idea of a drinkable beer. I can only have one of these.

Notes: I was not expecting much from this beer but I thought that I might give it a whirl. I will not likely seek this out again. This is so far my least favorite Belgian Strong Dark Ale, my current favorite style.

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Photo of PBoegel
2.76/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a duvel tulip.

Appearance was inviting, dark brown with some deep red and slight black, with a very dense and bubbly head.

Aroma's were very average and less complex than I would expect from a good Belgian Dark ale. Sugary sweet, some esters very little dry fruit complexity or maltiness.

Flavor was much the same but heavy on tangy fruity esters and banana profile with some light sugary sweetness. Again very little complexity thin maltiness for the dark appearance.

This beer was thinner than most excellent Triples and Strong Golden ales for which I expect a less rigorous body.

Not something I would go back to.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown that shows a small amount of light. Nose is mild, but gives a general sweet tone with a very minor funky edge. Flavor is what you expect it to be. Consistent smooth sweet tone. Minor funky that barely presents itself. Dark fruits combine with dark sugars. Feel has a biting carbonation. Typical liquid feel. This is a nice Belgian ale.

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Photo of JBogan
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a large off white creamy crown which deposited good lacing. A sharp looking brew.

Smelled nice as well. Rather complex with hints of banana, bubblegum, dark fruits, caramel and cinnamon.

Tasted similar to the smell, but slightly subdued. I also detected more of the alcohol which my nose didn't pick up.

Mouthfeel was excellent. Both creamy and prickly (due to a good amount of carbonation) at the same time. Nice.

I'd rate this higher in drinkability if not for the price and high alcohol content. Can't see drinking more than a couple at one sitting. Overall however this is a really nice brew.

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Photo of csmiley
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep dark brownish red in color. The tan head is huge and sticks around for a long time. Tons of lacing is left behind. This is a really nice looking beer.

S - Fruits come out first. Mostly dark with hints of fig and cherry. Some cocoa and spice show up midway. Could be some nutmeg and pepper. Bread yeast and alcohol finish up the aroma.

T - Fruits lead the way with notes of cherry fig and raisin. Dark bread dough follows quickly and plays a nice compliment to the fruit. Some peppery spice is apparent but stays too far in the background to put my finger on. Alcohol is present but well hidden. There is just a little bit of metallic flavor on the end.

M - Meduim bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Very smooth. Finish is sweet with a little heat from the alcohol.

D - Drinkability is super for this beer. The huge head would make you think this might need to sit around for a few to let the carbonation settle down but that is not the case. It is ready to go down quick and easy right out of the gate. At 8%, I am inpressed with the how easy it goes down. Steenberge has a good beer going here. I might recommend getting rid of the metallic flavor as it was a bit much for me, but still a very solid beer nonetheless. Glad I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 11.2 oz white, ceramic-like bottle copped from Gary's in Madison...
Appearance: Dark-brown, deep-hazlenut pour with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that left a copious amount of lacinga around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Deep, dark fruits, dehydrated malts...
Taste: Super-creamy, rich, thick mouthfeel and flavor... Bursting with dark candied sugars, dehydrated fruits, malts, figs, and prunes...
Creamy mouthfeel along with a pretty good level of drinkability for a 9% ABV...
Great stuff...

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Photo of MrMonkey
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Ebenezer's in Lovell, ME.

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a one-finger off-white head that fades quickly to a floating cap. Scant lacing.

Smell is honey, brown sugar, raisins, and a hint of yeast.

Taste is much like the nose with lots of raisins and prunes up front, followed by brown sugar and a hint of yeast. Finishes with some sweet honey.

Light-bodied, well-carbonated mouthfeel.

Pretty good drinkability, but just a bit too sweet for me right now. Still, an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours hazy, medium brown body with a full, foamy, off-white head.

Smell: Sourish, fruity aroma smelling of a blend of cherries and raisins, brown sugar, booze, and dusty, dry cocoa powder.

Taste: Sugary sweet raisins and cherries with occasional pops of sourness. Slight dry, nutty malts. Tiny hint of unsweetened cocoa powder. Fairly low bitterness. Peppery alcohol character. Drying, semi-sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Fine and drinkable, sure, but I just couldn't get too into it. I guess a pirate's life is NOT for me.

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Photo of stumac
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very much natural carbonated. Nice dark chocolate color. Aromas of caramel. Taste is medium bodied, notes of caramel, cocoa, some subtle fruit. maybe light cherries. a little too bubbly though but a good dark belgian. haven't had a dark belgian brew in a while. a nice one to come back to.

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Chimay glass. 02/28/08

Pours a deep dark brown/black color. About three fingers of fluffy tan head. The head leaves beautiful lacing around the glass. Aroma is of raisin, dates, and fig.

The taste on this one really surprised me. The taste is fruity, with definite raisin and dates, but was much more sour than I expected. The sourness faded as the beer warmed and it became much more drinkable.

The carbonation on this one is pretty high. The alcohol is well hidden, making it pretty drinkable.

The initial sourness of this beer put me off at first. After putting it aside and letting it warm a bit, it became MUCH better.

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Photo of sstackho
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from LCBO 2007 gift pack. Pours a deep, dark brown with a decent head and good lacing. Aroma isn't too strong and is a bit difficult to place. The flavour is somewhat smoky upfront with a strong malt aftertaste. Unfortunately for this review, that's not really my thing. No yeastiness in this one.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a light molasses color and a yellow-tan head that is long-lasting and lace-inducing. The nose has some spicy phenols and hints of fruity esters, but it is far more subdued than I had anticipated. On the palate, however, the fruitiness left by the Belgian yeast comes through in spades, along with a creamy clove note and some warming alcohol (only present at higher temperatures). The finish is fairly sweet, leaving being a sticky, dark crusty bread character that's fairly delectable. Mouthfeel is very full, thanks most to lots of carbonation, and acidity is present but unobtrusive. Overall, this is a tasty Belgian dark ale that I would drink again.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This one looks like a great beer. A deep dark brown with a slight red tint to it. A frothy finger thick head that dissipates quickly leaves a slight amount of lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Has a sweet fruity smell with a note of yeasty mustiness.

T: A slightly sweet taste with a fruity hint tastes just like the smell. There is a dry finish following the sweeter taste. Its a tasty but not outstanding brew.

M: Feels just a little thin with a little more in mouth carbonation than I would prefer. However, it is still an above average in mouth experience.

D: The alcohol warmth and slightly bitter after taste made this one a sipper for me.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as part of a gift, Served at approximately 5.5C/42F. this poured into my Chimay chalice a nice dark cloudy brown, with a thick creamy head that stays forever, quite impressive. Smell contains some scents of dried fruit, prunes, seems typical of a Belgian dark ale. Flavor is interesting, reminds me of an Oud Bruin. Aromas of dried fruit, a touch of sour grapes, some subtle complexities in the finish where the sour and the malt come together. Mouthfeel was very full in this brew, thick and creamy, very pleasant. Alcohol is nearly undetectable making this brew quite easy to drink.

A very solid Belgian Ale. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a large foam that is slowly rising above the glass and stays dominant for most of the beer. Has a deep ruby color.

Smells of dark fruits, roasted malt, spices, toffee and alcohol.

Tastes of sweetened dark fruits, some hop bitterness, caramel and a warming alcohol. This was my favorite beer of the three that came in the mixed six pack.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown with a big carbonated head. The aroma is sweet and malty. The taste is sour and malty with some spiciness. The mouthfeel is full. The beers favors, aroma and mouthfeel seem to all blend well. I’d consider this a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of jim102864
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the 330ml opaque white bottle into an American pint glass which was the only faux pas of the World of Beer, Tampa where I had this little sucker. They do have proper glasses but backfired this time around.

Anyway, a nice puffy head with ample lace even with the lousy glass and all. Some carbonation, but modest as it should be.

The nose offered hints of nuts, candied sugar and a whiff of caramel.

More of the same in the taste - caramel, almonds and candied sugar.

Mouthfeel was modest and smooth with candied sugar appearing in the finish along with some hop bitterness.

All in all a very drinkable strong dark and very worth the price.

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Photo of basica
4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an interesting looking bottle to start with, being completely opaque white and with
an interesting label featuring this fatherly looking pirate dude; I was actually pretty
amused. When I open the blue cap I notice the rim around the bottle mouth was like a dark
brown or black color; again it did not fail to surprise me. Before opening this bottle, I
had it sit for 15 minutes to warm up a bit. Belgian strong dark ales typically needs this
warming period; I think when I tasted by Chimay Bleue I failed to give enough warm up
time from leaving the fridge. I used my Chimay glass for this tastng and also had my Chimay
glass chilled before the tasting. Maybe it is all these factors? I pretty enjoyed this beer!
For starters, I sniffed the opening of the bottle and was immediately greeted by a very
strong and rich fruity aroma; indeed promising. The boucanier pours a brown black coffee like
color with minimal head that quickly disappears to leave a nice creamy lacing. When I tasted
the beer; my god, this is heavenly! A truly aromatic and strong fruity taste. This taste
seems to consist of plums and grapes but is definitely and significantly strong on the plums.
There are only 2 slight flaws that took of 0.5 from the rating. Firstly, I felt that the
carbonation was slighty on the high side. Secondly, the finishing, once in a while exhibits
a slightly strong alcoholic feel. These factors drop the drinkability slightly but does
not really detract the greatness of this beer. The after taste is equally great and highly
fruity and it seems like it is skewed towards grapes and red apples this time round. A great
beer and really could have been a full scoring 10. A must try for lovers of Strong Belgian
Dark Ales!

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Bière Du Boucanier Dark from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 166 ratings
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